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Evil, Death, and Other Uplifting Topics: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

March 19, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’ve let other chores distract us this week on the nerd farm. Deadline looms, but we’ve still got time for a quick look at a few things: Green Lantern on the vampire planet, a return to form for Black Hammer, and the thrilling return of The Goon! But first, let’s take a look at the ugliness Garth Ennis is currently dragging us through… A Walk Through Hell 8 by Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka  This issue, we get the story of our villain, who’s been touched [...]

THE LIST, Part One

February 19, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I did some funnybook filing this weekend, organizing, bagging, and boxing what was probably the last six months’ worth of comics. And I made the decisions I always make when I’m doing that: what books go into the permanent collection, and what books get dumped off into the “maybe I can sell this” pile. Normally, the latter of those two groupings is pretty small. It’s generally for stuff I didn’t like, or stuff that I liked okay, but know that I’ll never read [...]

Hell is Other Super Heroes, and Other Uplifting Funnybook Tales

October 2, 2018 // 4 Comments

So we’ve got a big new corporate spandex cross-over to talk about this week, and for once it looks like it might not completely suck! Let’s get right to that, then. FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!! Heroes in Crisis 1 by Tom King and Clay Mann Tom King’s work is very concerned with trauma. Post-Traumatic Stress, in particular, figures prominently in Mister Miracle, and to some extent Omega Men and Batman as well. And that makes sense; considering his military background, I’m [...]

Crushing Existential Despair, and Other Marvelous Nonsense: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

June 19, 2018 // 3 Comments

So it’s been a good month for funnybooks. Good, but harrowing… Mister Miracle 9 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads  Is this still the best comic that I don’t actually enjoy reading? Well… Probably not. That’s probably Optic Nerve. But Optic Nerve hardly ever comes out, so… Is this the best regularly-released genre comic that I don’t actually enjoy reading? Yes. Yes, I very much think it is. And make no mistake, it IS good. It’s VERY good. Tom King is [...]

Aliens, Gods, and a Walk Through Hell: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been reading some funnybooks! Let’s see how they were… Avengers 1 & 2 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGinnis So these were fun. I normally wait to read Jason Aaron work-for-hire stuff until I can find a digital trade on sale, but I decided to give this new Avengers relaunch a shot because… Well, I dunno. Because what the hell, I guess. I like Aaron’s larger than life, hell-bent-for-leather approach to the big corporate toys. As long as I keep in mind that [...]

Two Weeks in the Funnybook Life

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week, my attempt to answer a reader question turned into a discussion of my reading preferences, and why I generally prefer indie comics over work-for-hire stuff. This week, I thought I’d continue along the same lines, and take a look at every new comic I’ve read in the last two weeks. Not because it’s been a particularly great time for funnybooks. In fact, it’s been anything but. Few of my real favorites came out in the last two weeks, and in their absence I [...]

Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as a sort of greek chorus, responding to the more dour goings-on of this series, has the air of mockery [...]

Comedy! Violence! Despair! Batman!

July 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

So normally I’d preface this with a pithy introductory paragraph. But this time, I think the title says it all… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 16 by David Lapham  Holy shit what a great comic! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Stray Bullets more in quite some time. It furthers the on-going story of Beth and Orson’s master plan to free Nina and run off with a whole bunch of money, but it also delivers on a great set-piece, a spiffy done-in-one that starts off tense [...]

Preacher on the TeeVee

May 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

So this weekend saw the debut of the long-awaited, long-in-development-hell television series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher. It ain’t bad. It ain’t Preacher. But it ain’t bad. I guess I should explain what I mean by that. Taken in its own right, as its own thing, Preacher on the TeeVee (which is what I’m going to call it for the purposes of this review) is pretty good television. It’s over-the-top and funny, with a debut episode that [...]

Gods and Monsters. And a Bunch of Dead Rich People.

May 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

A little pressed for time this week… Or, no. Not time. Energy. A little pressed for energy. So… FUNNYBOOKS… IN REView… are… gooooo… Renato Jones: The One % 1 by Kaare Andrews Kaare Andrews’ first entry into the field of Comics That Belong To His Own Damn Self is pretty bold. Bold in its cover design… …bold in its Frank-Miller-Meets-Bill-Watterson graphics… …and bold in its dramatics: That’s two consecutive double-page [...]